Cairngorms Youth Action is recruiting!

Source: Cairngorms National Park website.

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The Cairngorms Youth Action Team was officially launched on Monday 7th October by Mairi Gougeon, the Minister for the Environment and Rural Affairs. The Team is now looking for people aged 14-26 years from all over Scotland, who want to get involved in the future of the Cairngorms National Park.

Join the Cairngorms Youth Action Team

Cairngorms Youth Action is a new project developed by the Cairngorms National Park Authority to help address the issues identified by young people and outlined in the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto.

On the occasion of launching the Cairngorms Youth Action, the Minister for the Environment and Rural Affairs, Mairi Gougeon, said:

It is vital that Scotland’s young people are listened to and included in decisions that affect their future, and the Cairngorms Youth Action project will do just that: empowering young people to play a strong role in creating a sustainable future for the Cairngorms – a vital piece of our natural heritage.

Cairngorms Youth Action aims to:

  • be the voice of youth in the Park by recruiting young people to form the Cairngorms Youth Action Team.
  • develop a procedure to fund young people’s ideas about living, learning and working in the Park by giving them a grant.
  • organise educational, exciting and innovative events for young people in the Park.

Apply now!

Do you live in Scotland and are you between 14 and 26 years old? Do you want to participate in a meaningful and representative discussion about issues related to the park with a group of your peers? If you would like to join, apply here and someone will be in touch. For more information on the application process, email [email protected].

Watch a short introductory video made by the Cairngorms Youth Action Team:


Cairngorms Youth Action is an empowering and inspiring platform for young people to share and develop ideas that lead to proactive participation in decision making. It will engage with the natural and cultural heritage of local rural communities and enable young people to tackle issues and create positive change.

By including the voice of young people and their constantly evolving ideas, we can create a sustainable future for our park.

About the Youth Manifesto

The EUROPARC Youth Manifesto is a source of ideas and inspiration for decision-makers in Protected Areas and rural communities to ensure the involvement and empowerment of young people. Being the the decision makers of tomorrow, young people play an important role in looking after Europe’s Protected Areas. They should be given the chance to have a say and help leading the way to a sustainable future of our parks already today.

It is vital that young people get involved in the governance of Protected Areas, so they can share their perspectives on the issues that will impact their future development and that of our natural and cultural heritage. And it is now that they can develop the skills it will take to manage resilient parks and build sustainable communities.

Learn more about our activities for young people between 12 – 25, empowering them to grow close connection with nature. Get an idea of our Junior Ranger Programme aimed at young people aged 12-18, and find out about opportunities with our Youth+ Programme aimed at youngsters over 18!

[24th October] EUROPARC Webinar “Healthy Parks, Healthy People Europe”

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EUROPARC webinars give you the opportunity to get new ideas, tools and inspiration from other Protected Area professionals. At real time. Person to person. Without leaving your office. Join us online on the 24th of October. Participation is free and everyone is welcomed to join us with a webcam and microphone – for a truly interactive experience!

Webinar Healthy Parks, Healthy People Europe – realising the potential of Parks & Protected Areas as ‘Natural Health Centres’   

Our Parks and Protected Areas are a health-promoting asset. They have a crucial role in nurturing healthy ecosystems which are good for nature and sustain our societies. In providing opportunities for people to experience and enjoy nature, they also support the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social health and well-being of people and communities across Europe.

At its recent annual conference in Latvia, the EUROPARC Federation committed to developing a “healthy parks, healthy people” programme for Europe. The Jūrmala Communiqué sets out a range of action required to do this and to realise the potential of Parks and Protected Areas as natural health centres.

Toolkit: Health and Well-being benefits

The statement builds on the publication last year of the EUROPARC Federation toolkit Health & Well-being Benefits from Parks & Protected Areas which brought together a range of experience from across Europe to highlight the key elements of work required for Parks and Protected Areas to support this agenda.

In this webinar, you will learn more about the background to the development of the communiqué and how it will be taken forward in practice. Hear first-hand about the experience of the original Healthy Parks, Healthy People programme developed by Parks Victoria in Australia. Find out more about the key steps that Parks and Protected Areas across Europe are taking to contribute to this agenda, and help us shape the development of this exciting new programme moving forward.

The case study presenters will share with us their experience relating to

developing a Healthy Parks Healthy People programme, exploring some of the key steps in delivering on this agenda, drawing on the EUROPARC toolkit  and providing practical examples of the work currently taking place in Parks and Protected Areas.

  • Case study 1 The Healthy Parks Healthy People Approach – the Australian experience, by Jo Hopkins (tbc) Parks Victoria, Australia
  • Case study 2 The Flemish Nature and Health network, by Liesbeth Van Gysegem, Regional Landscapes Limburg, Belgium
  • Case study 3 The Wild Ways Well programme, Cumbernauld – Scotland, by By Paul Barclay (tbc) Cumbernauld Living Landscape, UK

The Webinar will be moderated by Pete Rawcliffe from Scottish Natural Heritage and Council member of EUROPARC Federation. Pete will introduce the EUROPARC Federation’s Jūrmala Communiqué and highlight how it can help our National Parks and other Protected Areas to realise their potential as “natural health centres”.

The EUROPARC Conference goes to Austria! Save the date: 27-30 October 2020

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The EUROPARC Conference is the event of the year for those working in Europe’s Protected Areas and Natura 2000 sites. In 2020, EUROPARC Conference is host by the Austrian Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism, save the date!

October 27-30th in Neusiedler See – Seewinkel National Park, Austria.

Communicating in the 21st Century? Question your mindset!

In October 2020, the Neusiedler See – Seewinkel National Park in Austria will host EUROPARC Conference 2020. After we have looked at the value of nature across multiple sectors of society at EUROPARC Conference 2019, in 2020 we will make you question your communications... How are we speaking to our audiences? Are we also looking from a human perspective to the many challenges our Protected Areas face? Can we use technology to better reach out people’s understanding and encourage respect for nature?

Over 300 international delegates are expected to meet in the Neusiedler See National Park, to explore how Protected Areas can effectively communicate in the 21st Century.

The programme includes inspiring keynote speakers, practical workshops with cutting-edge examples for Europe’s protected areas, a knowledge Market where everyone is invited to join with a stall to share information about its park or projects, and of course, amazing field trips to the National Park its Hungarian Transboundary neighbour, Fertö-Hanság National Park. Learn more about the Transboundary cooperation between Neusiedler See and Fertö-Hanság.

Find out what happened in 2019 at the EUROPARC Conference in Kemeri National Park, Latvia

or check out our previous Conferences.

State of Nature 2019 Reports reveal human impacts on wildlife in the UK

Source: National Biodiversity Network website

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The British National Biodiversity Network (NBN) published a series of documents – State of Nature 2019, highlighting links between climate change, nature and sustainability, and revealing how human impacts are driving sweeping changes in wildlife in the UK.


Collating the best available data on the UK’s biodiversity, the State of Nature 2019 Reports present an overview of how the country’s wildlife is faring. The authors look back over nearly 50 years of monitoring to see how nature has changed in the UK, its Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.

Produced by a partnership of more than 70 organisations involved in the recording, researching and conservation of nature in the studied area, the report particularly focuses on what has happened in the last decade, and so whether things are getting better or worse for nature.

 By 2020 most targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity won’t be met.

In a complex way, the report assesses the pressures that are acting on nature, and the responses being made, collectively, to counter these pressures.

Key findings

Thanks to new data sets becoming available and the development of new analytical tools, State of Nature 2019 is able to present trends in status for more species than ever before.

Source: State of Nature 2019

Their statistics demonstrate that the abundance and distribution of the UK’s species has, on average, declined since 1970 and many metrics suggest this decline has continued in the most recent decade. There has been no let-up in the net loss of nature in the UK.

41% of species have decreased in abundance.

It should also be noted that prior to 1970, the UK’s wildlife had already been depleted by centuries of persecution, pollution, habitat loss and degradation.

The report concludes that, although progress has been made, the UK will not meet most of the Convention for Biological Diversity’s 2020 Aichi targets.

Download the Reports

Click the images to download the Report and summaries for different countries of the UK. Source: National Biodiversity Network website.

Download the State of Nature 2019 – UK

Download the State of Nature 2019 – Scotland

Download the State of Nature 2019 – A Summary for England

Download the State of Nature 2019 – A Summary for Northern Ireland

Download the State of Nature 2019 – A Summary for Scotland

Download the State of Nature 2019 – A Summary for the UK

Download the State of Nature 2019 – A Summary for Wales